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iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending August 28

John Cox | Aug. 30, 2013
Apple iPad 5 rumors: Front panels, rear housings, dilemmas, date delight short-lived.

And for some, that will create a dilemma....

iPad 5 will be a "kind of enlarged iPad mini, complete with tiny side bezels"
CultOfMac's Charlie Sorrel is convinced that the next full-sized iPad really won't be full-sized. It will be a "thinner, smaller iPad 5 a kind of enlarged iPad mini, complete with tiny side bezels."

Perhaps Apple will call it the iPad mini maxi.

"Which might create a dilemma," Sorrel writes

"You see, like many folks I have all but ditched my large iPad for the mini," Sorrel reveals, without giving any details about just how many folks have taken this step. "...[B]ut the mini is so just so damn convenient I choose it over the big version every time."

"But what if the iPad 5 is small enough to compete with the mini?" he asks. In that case, "The whole choice comes down to screen size."

Here are the current dimensions: iPad 4th gen iPad miniHeight 9.5 inches 7.87 inchesWidth 7.31 5.3Depth 0.37 0.28Weight 1.44 pounds 0.68 pounds

But the overall dimensions of both iPad models are determined to a large degree by the dimensions of their display panels. Here are the approximate dimensions of the large iPad's active screen where you actually see stuff in portrait mode:Height 7.75 inchesWidth 5.75Diagonal 9.75

If Apple uses a 0.25 inch border/frame/bezel on the sides of iPad 5 (0.5 inches total), the overall width would be about 6.25 inches, or roughly one inch less wide than the current iPad, and roughly one inch wider than current iPad mini. If the height remains unchanged, the iPad is still about two inches longer than the mini.

Sorrel's "dilemma" seems a bit overstated. The iPad mini has been a popular tablet, as the comments about his own experience with it make clear. Dan Frommer, in his recent post, "300 Days With The iPad Mini," says he's using the mini every day but the 2010 full-sized iPad hardly at all.

"I don't miss the extra screen size of a big iPad, and probably won't buy another one," Frommer says. "I would be tempted by an even-smaller iPhone-iPad hybrid. It's unlikely an iPad will replace my laptop for work stuff any time soon — I still use way too many apps at a time, most of which aren't properly available for iOS — so I'll keep my tablet small, even if there's a bigger iPad on the market with "mini"-like thinness and weight characteristics."

That doesn't sound like a "choice between equally undesirable alternatives." It sounds like a...choice.

iPad 5 to be released September 10, with new iPhones...oh, sorry, wrong rumor
The iOSphere was thrown into a tizzy when MacRumors' Eric Slivka noticed a detail mentioned in passing in a Bloomberg story about Apple's plan to open its first Tokyo retail store.


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